Beginning Tuesday this week, two aged care residents from the hospitals will move to the aged care home. An additional two residents will be moved every week until all have been transferred.
It’s expected that all patients will have been moved by Christmas, according to reports in the NT News.
According to the report, NT Health will provide additional staff required at the aged care facility to assist with the move.
Health Minister Natasha Fyles told NT News the territory government is working with the federal government to alleviate capacity pressures on the two hospitals.
Royal Darwin and Palmerston Regional hospitals have been the object of complaints about stretched capacity all year.
Last week, the NT government called its fourth ‘code yellow’ emergency this year at Royal Darwin Hospital, signalling the hospital had reached capacity.
Code yellows also occurred at the beginning of September, in August and in February.
NT hospitals have been suffering from staff shortages due to workers transferring to COVID-19 care and vaccination centres.
Border closures have also contributed to hospital staff shortages.
Royal Darwin and Palmerston Regional hospitals had a combined 50 aged care patients, compounding the already heavy pressures on the NT health system.
It’s hoped that moving 21 aged care hospital patients to aged care homes will free up enough beds to alleviate some of the pressure on the NT hospital system.